The Homemade Illustrator- Taking time off to reboot!

I'm heading out for a bit to recharge and have some fun! Line dancing! Sandy beaches! Good books and fluffy pillows!!!

Freelancing makes me worry. I'm getting better, but it involves a lot of thinking and planning, and often...worrying. I'm glad I notice this so I can work on chainging that mindset.

Here's another episode of "The Homemade Illustrator". I hope you enjoy, and always feel like you can share your thoughts and experiences with me.


Annie is an author and illustrator with books available on Amazon and local book stores. She is open for commission, too! She lives in California, and loves tea, bike rides, reading, and exploring new places.

Thinking about whales

Most of the time at my job I work on the computer.  I scan little ink drawings and color them in photoshop, or make flyers- you know, it's fun and it changes all the time so I'm never bored.  But last week I painted an image for an upcoming meet up.  I feel the most in love and fulfilled with the world when I'm painting.  I loooove mixing the paint, and I love being a little messy.  I get lost in it, really, and that's all anyone wants.

You'll see below the Thinker from RethinkDB and the Docker whale on a high sea adventure. I used J. W. Turner paintings for reference.  There are a couple photos of my process below.  I glazed a complementary color in the sky so it would shine through all the bushy grey clouds which was the best choice I made.  Water has always been a little difficult but I tried some curly sea foam patterns and it instantly brought it to life, too.

The final image!

The final image!